Sunday, February 10, 2008

A time to blog

Before our daughter was born, I didn't dig blogging very much. I had one, but I never wrote on it. Matt was more into it than me. But after Evie got sick, there was something that felt good about writing out what was happening--to "tell our story" was cathartic. I'm hoping some periodic writing will have the same effect now that we are grieving her loss. Also we can use this to post pictures and write about all things in general to help ourselves remember that our life is going on.

If you know us you probably know the story of our daughter's life and death, but if not we had another page just for her which was http://www.eviemarie.com/.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, it is mom.

I enjoyed seeing the slide show. I also think it is good therapy to write your thoughts and share your feelings with others. I am glad you are doing this.

I have a devotional book of inspiring hymns and the stories behind some of those hymns. Many wrote those hymns out of grief and tragic lose.

I was touched by the story behind the hymm "More Love to Thee"

We can certainly relate to her pain.

It was written by Elizabeth Prentiss, wife of a Presbyterian minister. Altho, she was strong in spirit, she was frail in body. Throughout her life, she was almost an invalid, scarcely knowing a moment free from pain.

"More Love to Thee" was written during a time of great personal sorry, following the lose of two children in a short period of time. For weeks, she was inconsolable.

During this period of grief, she began meditating upon the story of Jacob in the Old Testament. She noted how God met him in a very special way during his moments of sorrow and need. She prayed earnestly that she too would have a similar experience. While mediating and praying one evening, four stanzas were born - words that have since become a universal prayer for devout believers everywhere.

So keep writing.....it helps to uplift me also.

Love you.

Anonymous said...

that was suppose to say....written during a time of great personal "sorrow"

Nicole said...

Thanks, mom. That sounds like a cool book you have. I have always loved old hymns, and that's the reason we named this website "with each passing moment" because "Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment," one of the songs we sang at Evie's funeral, has become kind of a theme for our lives. I came to find out recently that the author endured a lot of hardship in her life, including the loss of a child.
Even in the times it's hard to pray, it's comforting to meditate on these old songs!

Anonymous said...

The story about Lina Sandell is also very touching.

She has often been called "the Fanny Crosby of
Sweden" for her many contributions to gospel hymnody. She wrote approximately 650 hymns which strongly influenced the waves of revival that swept the Scandinavian countries during the latter half of the 19th century.

At the age of 26, Lina had an experience that greatly influenced her life. She was accompanying her father aboard a ship to the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The ship gave a sudden lurch and Lina's father, a devout Lutheran minister, fell overboard and drowned before her eyes. Out of this tragic experience, the song "Day by Day" was born.

"Day by day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here: trusting in my Father's wise bestowment, I've no cause for worry or for fear. He whose heart is kind beyond all measure gives unto each day what He deems best-lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest.

"Every day the Lord Himself is near me with a special mercy for each hour: all my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me, He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r. The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid: "As the days, they strength shall be in measure,"this the pledge to me He made.

Mom